Everybody knows that hackers wear hoodies and hang out on the dark web. But what is the dark web?Read More
An explosion of forced redirect attacks hit browsers over the US holiday weekend. DEVCON researchers observed a spike in malvertising across our platform - exploit attempts doubled even while overall ad impressions decreased.Read More
Malvertising and other exploits increase during holidays as hackers look to take advantage of understaffed watchdogs and easy-going consumers.Read More
The “GreenFlash Sundown” exploit kit is back - and it’s got a new trick up its sleeve.
Cybersecurity researchers discovered that the ad servers on onlinevideoconverter.com, a popular web utility, were compromised to deliver ransomware to users computers.Read More
Bad actors exploit the digital ad ecosystem by looking legitimate to DSPs and CDNs - hiding their true colors until they’re all the way in the browser. DEVCON creates a browser firewall to establish a last line of defense, blocking malvertising after it’s revealed itself but before it can get to your site’s audience.
But in order to create that browser firewall, we have to load in the browser!Read More
While many Americans enjoyed a holiday weekend, ad hackers were hard at work.
Analyzing a sample of DEVCON platform data, our research shows that programmatic ad exploits were in overdrive during the extended Memorial Day weekend.Read More
DEVCON researchers have observed a massive surge in a series of attacks that could cost digital publishers hundreds of millions of dollars in intercepted programmatic revenue.Read More
Over the last two weeks, DEVCON’s web security platform as observed and blocked a surge in exploits across the web. If you feel like you’ve seen a lot of sketchy looking offers taking over your browsing windows lately - you’re not alone.Read More
3 hacks in 5 min: iFraming & URL shorteners: a backdoor to data breaches, ransomeware and revenue losses.Read More
The inevitable tipping point when digital advertising overtakes print & television is upon us, According to new estimates from eMarketer, over 54% of advertising budgets will go to digital ads in 2019. That's $129.34 billion of demand.Read More
The latest malvertising ad fraud technique, highlighted by researchers at Devcon, involves polyglot images used by advanced groups of cyber criminals. And these polyglot images are starting to show up all over the ad fraud space.Read More
[Devcon has] uncovered an experimental and more complex form of malware than previously seen inside of several major ad networks, potentially signaling that mainstream hackers are looking to target the ad-tech ecosystem beyond siphoning revenue.Read More
In a letter sent today to the Federal Trade Commission, Sen. Mark Warner warned of the growing danger of digital advertising fraud and what he says is the inattention and "willful blindness" of Google and other major players to fraudulent and criminal activity.Read More
The malvertising space may be seeing an influx of more advanced threat actors according one research report that found polyglot images now being used to disguise malvertising attacks.
Polyglot images, which differ from their near cousins steganographic images primarily by not needing an external script to extract the payload, have been spotted in the wild.Read More
Officials at Devcon told The Hill on Sunday they uncovered the use of the technique - known as a polyglot - on Friday. They said that the use of polyglots, which are considered to be among the more technically advanced techniques available for cyber criminals, points to more hackers committing digital ad fraud.Read More
Attackers use BMP (.bmp) images in the malvertising campaigns and manipulate the size of the image bytes and hexadecimal characters to trick the computer to believe it as something else.Read More
Cybercriminals have started using so-called ‘polyglot images’ to disguise malvertising attacks.